Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Grants to drive innovation and exports

    9/12/2016 6:00 AM
     
    • Two grant schemes to grow agriculture opened on December 5
    • $11.8 million available to Western Australian grower groups and agribusiness
    • Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program 

    The Liberal National Government today announced two grant schemes to drive agricultural innovation and export growth.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the Government was committed to growing the value of the State's agrifood sector and capitalising on increasing world demand for food. 

     

    "Grants between $20,000 and $500,000 are available to eligible WA-based grower groups to stimulate research, innovation and collaboration along the supply chain," Mr Lewis said.

     

    "A total of $10.5 million is available under this second funding round of the Grower Group R&D grants program, delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

     

    "The previous round of funding supported groups across the agrifood sector in WA, including grains, livestock, horticulture, honey, wine, citrus and truffles."

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a total of $1.3 million was also available to assist industry groups or organisations become more competitive in the global marketplace.

     

    "Grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 are available to agribusinesses looking to maximise international business growth under the Industry Grant for International Competitiveness program," Mr Redman said.

     

    "Both grant programs are part of the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative made possible by Royalties for Regions.

     

    "Funding regional agricultural development opportunities will create significant long-term economic benefits and drive regional growth.

     

    "I encourage agribusinesses and grower groups to apply for grants under these two schemes to help capitalise on opportunities for growth."

     

    Fact File

    • The grant schemes opened on December 5, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.agric.wa.gov.au
    • Both grant programs are part of the four-year Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Food
    • The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is one of 15 significant programs under the Royalties for Regions Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative
    • Western Australia's agricultural production was worth $7.9 billion in 2014-15
    • There are big things happening in regional WA.  Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at https://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au 

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

     

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